Scoil Chroí Naofa
Athenry, Co Galway
Dear Parents Issue: 07 October 25th 2017
The children for First Holy Communion are taking part in a new initiative this year entitled “Children of the Eucharist” which commenced yesterday. The aim of this programme is to create an awareness of the true presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. It will be led by team leaders Hilary, Kevin Higgins and Caroline O’Gara (Cian and Sophie’s mum). They will guide the children through prayer, stories, rosary, song and sharing and reflecting once a month in the church.
Mr. Hanley has selected three teams to participate in the annual Athenry Library Quiz which will take place tomorrow, Thursday October 26th.
Transition Year Students from Clarin College will continue to coach the two senior classes in Volleyball on Thursdays during school hours. After the 6 weeks of coaching, the girls will take part in a Blitz.
Mrs Hennessey’s Healthy School Committee are hosting a “Trick or Treat” event this Friday October 27th in aid of Temple Street Children’s hospital, Dublin. Children may come to school dressed in Halloween costumes and can donate €2 to this very worthy cause.
Kim Somers, (mother of Chloe), Tutor of the Athenry Ultra Flex School of Dance will very kindly provide Dance Workshops for all the children based on the Halloween theme to include hip hop, free style and musical theatre this Friday October 27th.
Last June the projected number of pupils on our roll for 2017/2018 exceeded 370. This meant that we could apply to the Department of Education & Skills (DES) for an extra class teacher. The DES approved our request for the extra teacher, on a temporary contract, pending confirmation that we had a minimum of 369 pupils on our roll on September 30th. We allocated this extra teacher to create a third 1st class, with 20 pupils. Mr Carey was employed in this temporary position. On October 2nd, we confirmed to the DES that we have 370 pupils enrolled, therefore we are now entitled to the 14th class teacher on a permanent basis for the remainder of the school year. The DES has appointed Mrs Caroline Forde to this permanent position commencing after Halloween on the November 6th. We have also been sanctioned a new prefab for this class, which is due to be installed by early December on the top yard where the bicycle racks are now located. We wish to thank Mr Carey for his sincere commitment and dedication to his class over the past two months. He will continue to work as a substitute teacher in our school for the remainder of the school year.
Children will have no school from Monday to Friday, October 30th to November 3rd due to Mid Term Break.
Miss Sheridan who teaches Junior Infants and Mr Wallace who used to teach in our school, are getting married on the 10th of November. Our whole school wish them both a very special, memorable day & a lifetime of health & happiness.
The Green School Committee are planning a “Monster Cash for Clobber” for November 14th. They are requesting all families to do a big Tidy Up during the Halloween break. If you have any of the following unwanted items, please put them in refuse bags – Good Quality Clothing, Shoes, Belts, Towels, Curtains, Bed linen, Handbags, etc. No duvets pillows or soiled items will be accepted.
The four senior classes (3rd to 6th) will participate in a musical education programme called Peace Proms this year. This project is a Choral Education Programme devised by the Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland. Peace Proms aims to entertain, educate and engage children in music and to enrich their lives through exceptional musical experience and performance. Our pupils will perform their repertoire with other primary schools in the county, in Galway on Sunday January 21st. There will be a rehearsal workshop for all the pupils in Leisureland on Wednesday November 29th.
The Parents Council have signed our school up for the fund-raiser with www.designacard.ie again this year. Each child has been given the opportunity to design their own Christmas Card. Their templates are currently with the printers. A sample of their designs will be sent home in November, giving you the option to purchase a pack of Christmas cards designed by your child. A portion of the sales price will come back to the school and be used by the Parents’ Council to fund buses, workshops, treats for different occasions etc.
Dates for Diary:
- Confirmation Parish Programme mass Sunday November 12th at 11am
- Anti-Bullying Week November 13th – 17th
- Parents Council Meeting Tuesday November 14th at 8pm
- Workshop for Peace Proms on Wednesday November 29th in Leisureland
- Band performing at “Lighting of the Christmas Tree” on Friday December 1st
- Confirmation for 6th class on Saturday February 24th at 2.30pm
- First Holy Communion for 2nd class on Saturday May 26th at 12pm
Yours sincerely ______________________________Teresa Neylon, Principal